What We Saw -Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw -By Aaron Hartzler


Publisher: Harper Teen

Date Published: September 22nd 2015

Pages: 336


Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early – the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?


 I wouldn’t normally pick up a book like this. But, one of the book clubs I follow (Booksplosion Book Club) has this as their May Book of the Month. And I am so happy they did, because it means that I got to read this amazing book.

It is rare that I read a book that makes me question the society we live in. This book examines the life in small towns, rape culture and the use of social media to bully and harass others.

On one hand I can understand the view point of the people in this small town. On the other I am appalled by the attitudes that these people have. I believe that the Tagline of this book is just so spot on and such an important message:

“How much would you have to watch to speak up?”

I cannot rate this book highly enough or even begin to sing its praises. Pick this up, it will leave you reeling long past when you finish this book. Simply a 5/5 read.


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